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Qatar To Host Final Of Soccer's 2022 World Cup On Dec. 18

Thursday, March 19, 2015

FIFA, soccer's governing body, also said the tournament will be played over "a reduced timeframe." Separately, FIFA announced that France will host the 2019 Women's World Cup.

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Controversial French Comedian Convicted Of Condoning Terrorism

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A Paris court gave Dieudonne a two-month suspended sentence for his Facebook post in January after the deadly attack on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.

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All Things Considered

Serbia Arrests 8 In Connection With 1995 Srebrenica Massacre

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

NPR's Melissa Block interviews the BBC's Guy De Launey about the arrests of eight men accused of taking part in the Srebrenica massacre.

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Britain Unveils A New 1-Pound Coin

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The coin has 12 sides and a fresh design. It also has new technology that the Royal Mint says will make it the most counterfeit-proof coin in the world.

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Protesters, Police Clash At Opening Of European Central Bank Headquarters

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Protesters set fire to police cars and barricades. Police responded with water cannons during a ceremony to inaugurate the $1 billion-plus building in Frankfurt, Germany.

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All Things Considered

This Spanish Pig-Slaughtering Tradition Is Rooted In Sustainability

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

In Spanish villages, townspeople gather at dawn to collectively slaughter a pig, then prepare every last bit as food, even the ears. The ancient ritual, called matanza, is now drawing foodie tourists.

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France Considers A Ban On Overly Skinny Models

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Proposed legislation would criminalize the use of underweight models and ban online sites that glorify anorexia and other eating disorders.

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Serbia Arrests 8 Accused Of Direct Roles In 1995 Srebrenica Massacre

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

War crimes prosecutors ordered what are said to be the first arrests in Serbia of direct participants in Europe's worst atrocity since World War II.

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All Things Considered

French Interior Ministry Blocks Websites Promoting Terrorism

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

In the first use of government powers enacted after the Charlie Hebdo attacks, the French Interior Ministry on Monday blocked five websites on the grounds that they promote or advocate terrorism.

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To Eat Authentically Irish This St. Patrick's Day, Go For The Butter

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

From 3,000-year-old peat bogs to 19th-century Brazil to modern foodies, the love of Irish butter has spread far. The secret to Ireland's deliciously rich, creamy butter is in its rolling green hills.

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Ikea To 32,000 People: No Hide-And-Seek At Our Stores

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The company brought the hammer down at its locations in the Netherlands, after more than 32,000 people signed up via Facebook to play at a store in Eindhoven.

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Morning Edition

She's Behind The Billy: Hide And Seek At Ikea

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The chain says no to giant games of hide and seek in its European stores. Ikea let it happen once in Belgium. But when thousands wanted to play in the Netherlands, it said it wouldn't be safe.

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Elton John Leads Boycott Against Dolce & Gabbana Over 'Synthetic Children' Remarks

Monday, March 16, 2015

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are locked in a public argument with Elton John over their recent remarks condemning in vitro fertilization and saying same-sex couples shouldn't raise children.

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Russia's Putin: 'Life Would Be Too Dull Without Rumors'

Monday, March 16, 2015

Vladimir Putin's disappearance from the public eye prompted a flurry of rumors about his health or even a possible coup. He dismissed all that Monday.

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After Attacks, Is Europe Still Safe For Jews?

Monday, March 16, 2015

Jews have been feeling increasingly vulnerable, journalist Jeffrey Goldberg says. In an article for The Atlantic, he wonders whether anti-Semitic attacks mean Europe is no longer safe for Jews.

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Morning Edition

In Eastern Ukraine, A Cease-Fire In Name Only

Monday, March 16, 2015

Sporadic fighting continues in a handful of strategic spots. Both the Ukrainian military and separatists and their Russian allies claim their opponents have failed to pull back their heavy weapons.

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Morning Edition

British Teens On Their Way To Syria Are Returned Home

Monday, March 16, 2015

Three British teenagers were stopped on their way to Syria and sent back to the U.K. This comes weeks after case where three girls crossed into Syria.

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Portugal Beckons With Back Alleys And Boarded-Up Businesses

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Forget cathedrals and wine houses. A new guided tour takes visitors to Portugal's slums to see the effects of Europe's economic crisis. This story originally aired March 10 on Morning Edition.

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The Fate Of The World's Chocolate Depends On This Spot In Rural England

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Cocoa is unusually susceptible to disease. Every year, a third of the crop is destroyed, even as the appetite for chocolate grows. That's why the world needs the International Cocoa Quarantine Centre.

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New Statue Of Gandhi Unveiled In Britain's Parliament Square

Saturday, March 14, 2015

NPR's Ari Shapiro says the statue underscores how much the U.K.-India relationship has changed since Mohandas Gandhi fought for independence from Britain nearly 70 years ago.

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